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Socratic Seminar

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Courtney Sakamoto

on 23 March 2014

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Transcript of Socratic Seminar

Socratic
Seminar
Socratic ?
"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing."
Socrates
The term "Socratic" comes from a Classical Greek philosopher, Socrates, who developed a method of disciplined conversation called dialectic.
Dialectic...like dialogue?
Di-a-lec-tic is the practice of examining opinions or ideas logically, often by the method of question and answer.
YUP!
A Socratic Seminar is a scholarly discussion of an essential question in which student opinions are shared, proven, refuted, and refined through dialogue with other students.
Socratic Seminar
Remember, it's
not a debate/fight/ argument. There is no right and
wrong.
Guidelines
Use textual evidence to support your views (est. credibility)
Only participate if you're prepared
Don't stay confused, ask questions!
There are no wrong answers!
Fishbowl Socratic Seminar
https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/bring-socratic-seminars-to-the-classroom
Basic Overview
1. Students are provided a text to read and discuss.

2. Working with a partner, students develop questions (often open-ended) to drive discussion as well as learn from one another.

3. Students participate in the discussion an active listener, thinker and speaker.

4. Students perform a self-assessment following the seminar.
How will this discussion look?

1. Students are put into two groups- an inner circle and outer circle.

2. The inner circle discusses the text, using student developed questions.

3. The outer circle observes and evaluates the inner circle.

4. Roles are swapped.

Who makes the rules?
YOU!
Advanced: Student meets all of the proficient criteria plus TWO or more of the following:

 Actively incorporates others into the discussion
 Challenges ideas and conclusions in thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas
 Summarizes points of agreement and disagreement
 Qualifies or justifies own views and understanding using textual evidence
 Makes new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented

Proficient
 Student comes to discussion prepared (with completed preparation notes and text)
 Uses body language and eye contact to indicate active listening for the duration of the seminar
 Both poses and responds to questions
 Participates by doing at least one of the following:
o Building on the thoughts of others by using appropriate transition words and phrases
o Asking clarifying questions
o Quoting the text to support a point
o Using language of recognition and appreciation to promote collaborative, collegial discussions

Socratic Seminar Worksheet (White)
Pick a partner
Come up with one questions and provide responses
Write your question on a Post-it
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